Myrtle Pettigrove is learning Hebrew and reads from the Tanach.
Myrtle Pettigrove is learning Hebrew and reads from the Tanach.

Help learn Hebrew

At 72 years of age, Myrtle Pettigrove has been learning to read and write a new language. She has signed up for an online language course to learn to read, write and speak Hebrew so she can read aloud from the bible in the language in which it was originally written. Now she is looking for someone who can speak Hebrew who can help her with her pronunciation.

So far, she has learned the Hebrew alphabet and can now read from the Tanach, or Hebrew bible. Unlike western bibles, the Tanach is read from the back to the front and text from the right to left.

“I have a computer and a headset and join a class once a week on the internet with a small group of people from all around the world,” Myrtle said. “Some of the words in the bible are archaic and my online teacher helps me understand some of them. I have the basics of the language now and am trying to build my vocabulary.”

Myrtle said that learning a language has been a great way to stimulate her brain.

“I’m not as forgetful as I was,” she said. “It’s harder than I first thought though – the vowels are dots and dashes underneath letters and the grammar is the hardest to put together.”

Myrtle has been a protestant Christian since she was 14 years old and gave her life to Jesus, and she is proving that it’s never too late to learn a new language.

If you are a Hebrew speaker who has time to help Myrtle with her pronunciations, you can contact her on 6628 7086.


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